5/5/2013 2:45:00 PM Rogers and Graat each win three events Hagerstown girls, Lincoln boys win team titles
"As a senior, I would've liked to have won the all-around tonight. But the Hagerstown distance girl (Rogers) runs really well and she deserved it. I tried really hard to get the record in the 400, and I just made it. That gives me six records that I hold, and my goal now is to advance to state."
Blue River Valley
By DAVE RISLEY For The Courier-Times
HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown's Hayley Rogers and Blue River Valley's Bryanna Graat each won three individual events on Friday evening at the 31st Annual Tiger Booster Invitational Track and Field Meet at Cory Field.
In the girls team competition, Hagerstown ran away from the seven other schools to take home the team trophy for the fifth year in a row. The Tigers had 157 points followed by Cambridge City Lincoln 92, Knightstown 88, Blue River Valley 75, Centerville 70, Shenandoah 37, Northeastern 28, and Tri 25.
One the boys side of the meet, Lincoln ended a 12-year domination by Centerville to capture the team trophy for the first time ever in this event. The Golden Eagles amassed 122 points followed by Centerville 113, Hagerstown 108, Knightstown 71, Northeastern 53, Shenandoah 50, Tri 33, and Blue River Valley 32.
Hagerstown won the combined trophy for the fourth year in a row with 265 points.
Rogers won the 800 meter run in 2:35.71, the 1600 with a time of 5:37.49, and the 3200 at 12:32.02. Rogers also ran a leg of the Tigers' winning 3200 meter relay team, which also included Amelia Dick, Cassidy Robinson, and Paige Gray. The quartet clocked a time of 11:14.86.
With that performance, Rogers won the girls all-around award with 32.5 points, edging Graat by 0.5 points.
"It was a really nice night to run," Rogers said. "I had a personal best in the 3200. The Tri girl (Abby Oliver) challenged me, but I stayed with her and eventually passed her and held her off. I tried for a personal best in the 800, but didn't quite get it."
Hagerstown's Lindy Smith also won both hurdles races: the 100 meters in 15.98 seconds and the 300 meters with a time of 47.87 seconds. Smith also was a member of the Tigers' winning 1600 meter relay team along with Sydney Denhart, Kaylani Dale, and Gray which posted a top time of 4:23.77.
"The Knightstown girl (Emily Thomas) was the one I knew I had to beat in the 100 hurdles," Smith said, "and I just barely beat her. I had a little more space in the 300. Our team continues to be strong in meets like this."
Kaci Plankenhorn finished second in shot put and third in discus for the Tigers. Hagerstown's Marissa Matanich finished second in the long jump, and Denhart was second in the 400 dash and third in both the 100 and 200 dashes.
Additional individual point-producers for Hagerstown were Rebecca Elza (three events), Dale and Dick (two events each), Gray, Macy Felton, Hailee Garrison, and Shelly Shafer. The Tigers' 400 meter relay team grabbed fourth place.
"Coming into this season, we didn't know exactly how we'd fare this year with so many young girls," Hagerstown girls coach Karen Matanich said. "But everyone stepped up, including our freshmen, and performed extremely well. Hayley does what she does and Lindy has worked extremely hard to get to where she is. We hope to win the conference again next week as we did last year, but Union County will have some say in that."
Graat was first in all three dash events. She set a meet record in the 400 with a time of 1:00.01, which beat the old record by 0.01 seconds set in 1991 by Hagerstown's Beth Edwards. Graat also won the 100 in 13.16 seconds, the 200 in 27.26 seconds, and was a member of the Vikings' 1600 meter relay team that finished second.
"As a senior, "I would've liked to have won the all-around tonight," Graat said, "but the Hagerstown distance girl (Rogers) runs really well and she deserved it. I tried really hard to get the record in the 400, and I just made it. That gives me six records that I hold, and my goal now is to advance to state."
Blue River's Hope Crabtree finished second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles. Other Vikings scoring points on Friday were Brenna Koontz and Bryanna Chowning (two events apiece). Alyssa Sells, and the 3200 and 400 relay teams.
Knightstown's Emily Thomas won the shot put with a heave of 37 feet, 6.5 inches and placed second in the 100 hurdles and eighth in the discus. The Panthers' Kori Biehl won the long jump with a leap of 4 feet, 9 inches.
Second-place finishes for Knightstown were recorded by Katie Kortz in the discus, Casey Back in the 800 meter run (who also finished third in long jump), and the 400 meter relay team.
Other Panther points were garnered by Julie Vaughan (two events), Emily Sander, Rachel Imel, Kayla Weddle, Kelsey Crimm, Carrie Johnson, and the 1600 and 3200 meter relay teams.
Shelby Cross led Shenandoah with third-place in the high jump, and also scored in two other events. The Raiders' Kate Graddy and Madison Fites got points in two events each.
Other Shenandoah points were earned by Madison Hensley, Raquel Welch, and the 400 meter relay team.
Tri's Abby Oliver finished a very respectable second place behind Hagerstown's Rogers in both the 1600 and 3200 meter races. Karly Sharp, Kayleigh Burkman, Tierrah Crutcher, Sophia Spyker, and the 400 relay team got the other Titan points.
Lincoln's Kassidy West won the long jump and Bekah Delks took first in discus.
On the boys side, The Golden Eagles' Evan Underwood took the all-around with 28.5 points by winning the 110 and 300 meter hurdles and placing second in high jump.
Also taking firsts for Lincoln were Trevor Gabbard in the 800 and the 3200 meter relay team. Cambridge City also finished second in six events, propelling it to the team trophy.
Cole Watson had the lone top finish for Hagerstown by winning the high jump in 5 feet, 11 inches. Watson finished fifth and seventh in the 300 and 110 hurdles, respectively.
Tiger second-place finishes were recorded by Lucas Artman in the 400, Kain Grose in shot put (in addition to placing fourth in discus), and the 3200 relay team.
Also garnering points for Hagerstown were Coty Bailey (three events), Austin Durham, Jacob Willis, and Clay Clark (two events each), Steven Glover, Austin Roach, Tyler Scholl, Christian Cox, Matthias Ritter, Mason Stitt, and the 400 and 1600 relay teams.
For Knightstown, Jared Souder won the 100 dash in 11.88 seconds and finished second in the 200 dash, just 0.11 seconds behind Centerville's Nick Kay (23.34 seconds).
Other Panther first-place finishes were by Dakota Smucker in the 400 dash (53.15 seconds), and the 1600 relay team of Ben Haase, Nathan Drumm, Souder, and Smucker, who finished with a time of 3:33.93.
Knightstown's Dean Thomas was second in discus and third in shot put, and the 400 relay team also placed second.
Braxton Kortz, Drumm, and the 3200 relay team got the other Panther points.
Shenandoah's Clint Nation and T.J. Nethery finished first in an event. Nation won the long jump at 20 feet, 2 inches and Nethery won the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 1.5 inches. Both also placed in another event.
Others scoring points for the Raiders were Stephen Marshall (two events), Zack Farmer, Michael McDole, and the 400 and 1600 meter relay teams.
Tri's Dylan Gorman placed second in the 110 hurdles, fourth in the 300 hurdles, and seventh in the long jump. Other Titans registering points were Garrett Jessup (two hurdles events), Grant Jessup, Chris Flowers, Sam Stone, and the 3200 and 400 meter relay teams.
Blue River's Scott Parmley finished third in the 100 dash and Cameron Kinnaman placed third in the 800 and seventh in the 1600. Other Vikings earning points were Jacob Cross, Devon Brown, Matthew Sabo, and the 400, 1600, and 3200 meter relay teams.